Hi there twinmom,
in answer your question about the amount of q10 and L-carnitine I take daily, in a financially secure world I would be taking around 300 - 400mg of q10 and upto 3 x 1000mg of L-carnitine. Unfortunately the way things are in the real world I take 60 mg of q10 twice a day and around 1000 mg L-carnitine twice a day.
60mg of q10 and 1000mg of L-carnitine once a day is the minimum amount that I can take before things get too bad, as I mentioned earlier my L-carnitine has ran out and life pretty much sucks at the moment (it should be here shortly). I have also ran out of q10 in the past and was unable to get more for over a week, you realize how much they help when you don't have them
Apart from financial reasons for the lower doses, I don't want my body to give up trying to manufacture its own q10 etc, I would think if there were sufficient quantities of q10 etc in your system, then something would regulate the manufacturing of those things and stop more from being produced. I'm probably wrong by about a million miles in my thinking , but I would rather help a weakened system than completely bypass it if there is a chance it can repair/improve with time and assistance.
I also think that q10 and L-carnitine etc should be made available FREE (or at least at a reduced rate) through a doctor to all that have been effected by statin therapy.
Even with all the q10 and carnitine in the world, we are never going to be "normal", the most we can hope for is to be a little less fatigued and a little less discomfort plus the ability to think clearly a little longer. Apart from getting tired and feeling weak, there are some days I feel human again (unless I try to do anything too taxing).
The main thing is that we are all alive and although our spirits get really low at times we know that we are not alone and that all the disbelieving doctors and tests that we have all endured and thoughts about hypochondriac etc have not just happened to me/you but everyone here and so many others. All of the above make me want to be around to see things put right and see successful prosecutions to the manufacturers who have deliberately kept things hidden and who have done this to me and everyone else who has been effected by taking this poison.
Sorry, I got a bit carried away there